Symposium:
116. Improved Vaccination Strategies for Control of Pertussis
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Room: 153ABC

Learning Objectives:

Although pertussis vaccines are highly effective for prevention of severe whooping cough, deaths from pertussis continue to occur, particularly during in the first six months of life when vaccine-induce protection is incomplete. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • review the risk of severe pertussis disease in the first the year of life
  • discuss whether or not the recent increases in pertussis disease are real or a reflection of diagnostic and reporting biases
  • discuss immunological concerns and pros and cons of two strategies for decreasing infant morbidity and mortality from pertussis: providing a dose of pertussis vaccine to mother before (pre-conception) or after delivery and/or modifying the current pediatric immunization schedule to introduce a birth dose of acellular pertussis vaccine

Target Audience: Researchers, Public Health Practitioners, Pharmacists, Nurses, Microbiologists, Lab Personnel, Infectious Diseases Pediatricians, Hospital Epidemiologists, Health Care Workers, Fellows-in-Training, Clinicians, Academicians

Tracks: Pediatric ID, Adult ID

Moderators:  Kathryn Edwards, MD, FIDSA, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Scott Halperin, MD, Dalhousie University IWK Health Centre

CME Credits: Maximum of 1.5 hours of Category 1 credit possible

ACPE Credits: ACPE 1.5 knowledge-based contact hours (0.15 CEU) of Pharmacy CE

ACPE Number: 0461-9999-11-114-L01-P

Disclosures:

K. Edwards, None

S. Halperin, Sanofi Pasteur: Investigator, Research grant
GlaxoSmithKline: Investigator, Research grant

K. Mills, None

S. Halperin, Sanofi Pasteur: Investigator, Research grant
GlaxoSmithKline: Investigator, Research grant

K. Edwards, None

S. A. Plotkin, Sanofi, GSK, Novartis: Consultant, Consulting fee and Speaker honorarium

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